A Silent Environment Essay

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Growing up in a silent environment at home, one would think that it would provide the perfect environment to learn to read and write. But, in fact, it is quite the opposite. The silent environment I grew up in hampered my ability to learn to read and write at a normal age. Something was different about my family and me, but this is what makes me unique and special in my own way. In the end my love and passion for reading came from my difficulty of learning to read and write in a silent environment.
So before I dive in and explain how I finally learned to read and write I am going to give a little background as to what it was like growing up in my household with my family. I grew up having ...view middle of the document...

This put me behind in school for a little bit.
Most kids usually start to get a glimpse of learning to read when they are four to five years old or in the first grade. Since I did not start to understand and learn how to read until I was around nine or ten, I started to fall behind in kindergarten and my parents realized if I stayed in public school that I would just continue to fall behind and never be on the same level as the rest of the kids in the class that were in my age group. This is exactly what my teachers told my parents would happen, the teachers I had did not believe that I could catch up no matter what we did, but my parents on the other hand fully believed that I could if I had some help. This is when my parents (mainly my mom) decided to take me out of public school six months into kindergarten, to start home-schooling me. At this time, being homeschooled was not accepted as a good alternative to public or private school because of two reasons: one being that people believed that parents were not qualified to teach their own kids and needed a degree to do so and the other reason is that people believed that being homeschooled meant that you had limited social interactions. But as time went on, people started to realize what a big impact homeschooling could have on our education system and began to accept that it was a rather good alternative for students like me that needed the little extra attention in order to catch up with certain things that I was lacking.
Since that day that my mom pulled me out of public school and decided that she was going to teach me everything from reading to science, that is when my life was changed for the better. She sat down with me every school morning and tried and tried to help me learn to read. Nothing she was doing was helping, and then one day out of the blue the week after thanksgiving she had put on some Christmas music and turned it up to the point where she could hear it since she was hard of hearing at that time. After she turned on the music, she decided that she was going to try again to help me begin to learn how to read before taking a break and trying something else. She did not think this time would be any different than the rest, but it was to her amazement that I started to pick it up I read my first word. I was so happy that I could start to learn to read and try and catch up to be on the same level as the rest of my friends were on with reading. My mom was in shock at how much I was able to learn that day.
Beginning the next day, my mom did not turn on the music and we sat...

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